Alamo Colleges Exceeds Goal for Awarding Degrees and Certificates, Sets New Record
The Alamo Colleges has achieved a resounding success in its efforts to increase student completion, awarding more than 12,000 degrees and certificates to students in FY2016! This represents a 22.5% increase over the 9,778 awarded in FY2015 and exceeds not only the goal of 10,500 for FY 2016, but the FY 2017 target of 11,500. It very nearly eclipses the FY 2018 goal of 12,500 and represents an all-time record for the Alamo Colleges. This achievement represents a tremendous 224% increase in degrees/certificates awarded by the Alamo Colleges from 2006 to 2016, remarkably the largest increase in Texas and among the largest in the nation. This rate of increase in degrees awarded was 1,180%, or 11.8 times the rate of enrollment growth at the Alamo Colleges from 2006-2016.
Total Hispanic, African American, Other, and White graduates across the collective Alamo Colleges’ system also have increased significantly:
• Hispanic graduates have increased by over 226%
• African American graduates have increased by 134%
• Other ethnic group graduates have increased by 85%
• White graduates have increased by 61%
The Alamo Colleges also has seen dramatic increases in the degree/certificate attainment of male, economically disadvantaged and veteran students:
• Male graduates have increased by 197%
• Economically disadvantaged students have increased by 122%,
• Veteran graduates have increased by 116%
“The Alamo Colleges continues to lead the way in Texas in student completion,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "This outstanding accomplishment is a direct result of the exceptional work of our faculty and staff, and more than 370 dedicated 4DX teams at the colleges and across the district. We are the second largest producer of degrees and certificates in the state, and our increase in degree conferrals will have a positive impact on our budget as state funding now is tied, in part, to performance,” he added. “The Four Disciplines of Execution has had a major beneficial impact on our academic and administrative teams, and on student success.
The record number of degrees and certificates reflects the Alamo Colleges ongoing efforts to ensure that more students complete their educational goals. These efforts include new programs and initiatives across all the colleges, including 4DX, that encourage students to complete their degree or certificate, as they pursue career employment and a baccalaureate degree. Faculty have played a key role in these efforts, developing intervention/improvement strategies to improve student success in courses that have traditionally had low completion rates and/or poor grades earned.
The Alamo Colleges also achieved significant increases in other measures of student success, including fall-to-fall retention, graduation and the productive grade and course completion rates, while reducing the percentage of the budget allocated to personnel. The Alamo Colleges' bond rating also improved to AAA from Standard & Poor's and Moody’s.
The Alamo Colleges also operates, in partnership with local school district, 14 successful Early College High Schools, more than any other community college in the state and is one of the leaders in offering tuition-free dual credit courses to high school students in local ISD’s. The Alamo Colleges also is home to the world-renowned Alamo Academies and has a proven track record as the number one workforce provider in the region. Its business partners in workforce training include top companies such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas, Caterpillar, Boeing, AT&T and USAA.